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Bus Timetables

Penzance to Porthcurno, and back

Bus Timetables 2017-2018

Times given below are correct until further notice. Winter timetables have less buses, until late April 2018.

These buses run in a circular route. Some run clockwise and some run anti-clockwise, which explains why times to reach the same destination can be so different and in some places a bus to your destination could come on either side of the road. The circular route includes Land's End, so all of these either go to, or come from, Land's End. Some may have come from St Just and St Ives to Land's End as bus number A3 (formerly bus 300), or may go on to those places from Land's End, and may be open-top double-decker buses. Read more bus info.  2017 saw the introduction of a number of new semi-opentop buses in a circular service Penzance to Lands End to St Ives to Penzance under the route number A1 and A3, with the memorable new route name Atlantic Coasters.

To get to the Minack Theatre by bus you need to get off at the bus stop in the car park in the Porthcurno valley, between the Cable Station Inn and the Telegraph Museum. From there it is about five minutes walk up a steep hill to the Minack - the buses do not go up that hill. At the Porthcurno carpark just opposite the Cable Station Inn there is an official bus stop with timetables, and from here the bus turns around and goes back the way it came.

Please note that local bus services have been severely cut so that wealthy companies and individuals can avoid tax and social responsibility, and local residents can just stay at home and suffer.

Outside of towns the bus will pick you up and let you off where you ask, just wave at the driver to get on, as if you were hailing a taxi. This is officially called a "hail and ride" service. Read more bus travel and taxi information.

Current Bus Timetable 2017-2018:

Penzance to Porthcurno

From September 2017, Monday to Saturday excluding holidays

No. dep. arr.
A1 0630 0703
A1 0845 0952
A1 1045 1126
A1 1245 1352
A1 1508 1606
A1 1645 1755
A1 1745 1829

Sundays and Holidays:

No. dep. arr.
A1 1005 1051
A1 1235 1347
A1 1505 1551

Porthcurno to Penzance

From September 2017, Mon to Sat excluding holidays:

No. dep. arr.
A1 0703 0829
A1 0952 1038
A1 1126 1238
A1 1352 1438
A1 1606 1721
A1 1755 1844
A1 1829 1940

Sundays and Holidays:

No. dep. arr.
A1 1051 1207
A1 1347 1437
A1 1551 1707

These buses are run by First Kernow, the local operation of the First Bus company. The local Community Bus now runs an independent service several times a day from Land's End to Sennen, St Just and Pendeen, but not to Porthcurno, Treen, St Buryan or St Levan. Western Greyhound no longer operate buses in this area from November 2013, so buses 501 and 504 to Porthcurno no longer exist.

The entirely open-top 300 bus used to run in a popular big circle around Penwith, covering St Ives, Penzance, St Just, Land's End, and Porthcurno. It still effectively runs in a circle but changes its name at different points on the route! This service has been a victim of cuts and confusion at Cornwall Council and First Bus, as have the evening buses which previously served the Minack Theatre. Meanwhile UK billionaires have doubled their wealth, and the UK government are further dismantling society, promoting global warming and hunger, and punishing everyone who is not rich. So catch these buses while you still can.